A Wiccan Altar is typically a piece of furniture, such as a table or chest, upon which a Wiccan practitioner places several symbolic and functional items for the purpose of worshiping the God and Goddess, casting spells, and/or saying chants and prayers. Upon the altar typically rests a cloth, used to protect the surface from damage by candle wax, spilled liquid, or dust from burnt incense. This cloth is often adorned by a Pentacle, or other spiritual symbol.
Common items on a Wiccan altar include: Athame, Broom, Candle, Mortar & Pestle, Chalice, Gemstones, Incense, Pentacle & Wand.
An Altar is your place of worship – your sacred space, a place of protection from outside forces. Altars can be set up inside or outside. If you are a Green Witch and grow a lot of herbs, do a lot of protection spells – they are more effective if you have an outside Altar as well. It starts with a piece of furniture, (a desk, chest, small table or armoire for example) This is where you place all your symbolic and functional items that represent you, and the path you follow. It’s important to keep your Altar area clean – dust free, with no clutter of other (non –Altar) objects around it.
It takes time to build your Altar, it’s a very personal process. Don’t be too quick to run out and buy everything you see because you want your Altar completed right away. The item has to feel right when you find it, almost as if you stumbled upon it and it was attracted to you.